Under Utilized Gym Facilities Offer Plenty for Community / Limited Time, Knowledge Hinders Usage

From free weights to an Olympic size pool, the Physical Education building
gives many options for fitness regiments. /Amanda M. Gordon

At the far side of WCC, there is a building that not many students may not have ever set foot in, despite all of their time spent on campus. Whether they never really found themselves in need of going to the campus gym, or weren’t aware that the school even had one, the questions still stands; are students taking advantage of the free gym use?

“I’ve never used the school gym,” said Shannon Dennis, a former WCC student. “When I was thinking about joining a gym, I checked the school gym first to see what times it was open. The gym hours weren’t really good hours for me so it seemed more of a hassle than it was worth to go out of my way and use the school gym.”

The fitness center is currently open on weekdays with the schedule of 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, Wednesday the times are varied, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

“The hours for the gym just didn’t work for me,” said Dennis. “I used to commute to WCC like many other students and from when I had classes, I could still have time to use the gym but then I would have gotten home late because of my bus commute.”

The school also has a pool which is open for about two hours everyday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., except for Wednesdays where it opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. It seems that not many students take advantage of the pool however, since some students don’t even know that there is a pool on campus.

“Wait, WCC has a pool?,” said WCC student Shamika Lynn. “Honestly I’ve only ever been into the gymnasium when club day is hosted in there. I never really ventured into the rest of the building if I’m being honest.”

The gymnasium, a site used not only for sports but campus events, is open for student use three days a week, Tuesdays from 1pm-2pm, Wednesdays from 11am-1pm and Thursdays from 12pm-3pm.

With WCC being a commuter school, or students only having a fleeting amount of time in between classes to relax and finish up assignments, it’s understandable why more students don’t take advantage of the gym and its resources.

“I think it’s mostly fitness majors and members of sport clubs that use the facilities of the school gym,” said Hakeem Thomas, a WCC student. “When I first came to this school a girl had asked me where the gym was and I think she was a fitness major since she said her class was in the building. I knew where the gym was, but wasn’t sure where in there she needed to go.”

With the recent repairs done to the gym like the floors being redone and new scoreboards put in place, the gym is pretty inviting, especially with the natural lighting from the skylights.

When students enrolled at WCC, they were charged a fee to be able to use campus facilities and to enjoy campus events, so they might as well take advantage to the gym access on campus when available.

If students or community members happen to have some free time either in between classes or after school, the gym has plenty to offer everyone, without the annoying monthly fee that local gyms will charge their customers.

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